If you want to create an outdoor space that’s beautiful, peaceful and relaxing a small home butterfly garden may be for you. Butterfly gardens are designed to attract butterflies and other pollinators to a specific area where they can find food and water, as well as, and locate a safe place to lay eggs. Plus, if you’re like me and love to take pictures of your garden – you’ll have lots of opportunities to capture some amazing shots of beautiful pollinators that stop by!
Fortunately, designing a sanctuary where you want to hang out, in addition to providing a habitat where native butterflies can pollinate and populate can be created in a few simple steps.
- Choose a spot
- Select butterfly attracting plants
- Plan your garden
- Prepare the soil
- Plant your garden
- Care for your garden
- Observe and take lots of photos
Choose the right spot
There are endless options for the location of a butterfly garden, including areas within existing gardens, flower pots and containers, raised beds, and in-ground beds. Butterflies are drawn to many flowering plants in urban home gardens, however they will hang around your house longer if you choose a spot that provides lots of sun, fresh water, and shelter. It’s also important to choose a location that not very windy, as strong winds make it hard for butterflies to fly about.
Butterflies are cold-blooded insects that depend on sunlight to warm their little bodies. Before selecting a spot for your garden, monitor the sun pattern across various areas of your yard and choose a location that gets at least six hours of full sun daily. You’ll also want to make sure your butterfly garden is located in an area where you can relax after a busy day and enjoy watching butterflies.